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Lawson's new contract kicks in next season, taking him from a $2 million base salary to more than $10 million. But what hasn't kicked in is added pressure, Lawson said. "Last year I didn't feel too much pressure. Even though it wasn't my contract year, people already knew what I signed my contract for," Lawson said. "They were already tweeting stuff about it and stuff like that. I'm just going to work hard. My game is going to elevate this year from all of the hard work I'm putting in. I don't feel pressure at all." Denver Post

The sighs of relief that the Nuggets' front office and head coach have been taken care of aren't confined to just team president Josh Kroenke. Count Ty Lawson among the relieved. "Having a GM, a coach, knowing what we're doing going forward takes a lot of the stress off of everybody around the organization and the players," Lawson said Thursday during a phone interview. Denver Post

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The beauty of social media is the ability to reach anyone anywhere in the world. Ty Lawson is taking advantage of that as he takes a lead role in "recruiting" teammate Andre Iguodala to stay with the Nuggets. Lawson's midday tweet to Iguodala on Wednesday was in good fun, but continued to underscore a point he has been trying to make for months. "Umm @andre better stay in Denver or I'm a have my ppl run up on him and handle that #str8likedat #yougotnochoice," Lawson wrote on Twitter. Denver Post

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Nuggets guard Ty Lawson left the Pepsi Center on Wednesday afternoon ready to take the team charter to Oakland, Calif., for Game 6 against Golden State. He was not in any way worried about retaliation. Warriors coach Mark Jackson accused the Nuggets of dirty play in Denver's Game 5 victory. Jackson specifically cited a play by Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried against Stephen Curry, but also mentioned the Nuggets' overall harassing of his star, whom Lawson guarded most of the game. "If they look at the tape, they did the same thing. The series just evened out," Lawson said Wednesday. "I don't think they are going to retaliate." Denver Post

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Lawson (heel) has been sidelined since the March 27 game at San Antonio, when he was minus-19, scoring just two points on 1-for-7 shooting. He said he will have a better gauge Wednesday afternoon whether he can — or should — play that night at the Pepsi Center against the Spurs (57-20). Lawson has missed Denver's past four games. "I don't think he took many chances, but he did run up and down the court," Karl said. "He didn't seem like he was confident. Knowing Ty, he probably wouldn't try (overly aggressive play) until he's in the game. If he wants to play, I'd probably give him a 15- to 20-minute window." Denver Post

Twelve days had passed since his surgery to remove torn cartilage in his left knee. Taking to the Internet, World Peace did his own research to determine the fastest anyone had returned from a similar procedure. "I heard about the surgery . . . I went online," he said. "I read [one] week. I'm like, 'Oh, then I'm the [one] week kind of guy.'" World Peace couldn't cite his source, and while accuracy on the Internet could be shaky, he seemed satisfied. "It was documented," he assured reporters. Los Angeles Times

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For the first time since being diagnosed with a plantar fascia tear in his right heel, Lawson did some light jogging and shooting Saturday. He has missed six of the past seven games. “It’s getting a little bit better,” he said. “The soreness is going down a lot. Just trying to get my wind back and get back to the feel of basketball.” NBA.com

The Nuggets continue to play well without their scoring and assist leader, but Lawson’s health will be key when Denver opens the postseason in two weeks. Ideally, he would like to return for the final two or three games of the regular season. “I think he should play (before the playoffs start),” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “It might not be 100 percent. He has to learn how to play when it’s 70 or 80 percent. Can we get 25 minutes a game out of him? You don’t want to determine that in the first two games of the playoffs.” NBA.com

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“I think so,’’ Lawson said when asked if the Nuggets could beat the Heat for the title. “They beat us twice early in the year when we weren’t really in sync. We were still trying to find ourselves. So I feel like if we play them now it would be a better game and we could actually beat them.’’ Denver did give the Heat two good games in November, but lost 119-116 at Miami and 98-93 at home. So what makes Lawson think the Nuggets could turn the tide if the teams meet in the Finals? “Teamwork, and we could throw a lot of people at LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), and not just one person,’’ Lawson said. “We can throw (Andre) Iguodala and (Danilo Gallinari) and Corey Brewer and Wilson (Chandler). You can throw so many people at (them). And then we have so many weapons.’’ FOXSports Florida

March 29, 2013 Updates

On a team without stars, Ty Lawson is the one guy who makes the up-tempo Denver Nuggets offense go. The Nuggets announced Friday that Lawson has a plantar fascia tear in his right heel. He will miss Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Pepsi Center. The team reports that Lawson will not need surgery to repair the tear, and his injury status is currently listed as day-to-day. USA Today Sports

Karl doubts that Lawson, who has a strained left heel, will play Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets at the Pepsi Center. Lawson, who received treatment and has missed three of the last four games, was not available for comment. He played 20 minutes during the Nuggets' 100-99 loss at San Antonio on Wednesday, scoring only two points as he struggled without his usual quickness. "Seeing him today, I'd say he probably won't play tomorrow," Karl said Thursday after practice. Karl was asked if he's worried about the injury. "I'm worried because ... a fast player needs his feet," Karl said, then grinned. "If Kosta (Koufos) rolled his ankle, he'd probably be OK. Ty needs his speed to be great." Denver Post

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